Latest Connie K. Ho Stories

How Does The Brain Process Fear?
2013-02-05 04:55:00

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A new study from the University of Iowa (UI) recently found the amygdala, an almond-shaped area of the brain, is not the only part of the brain managing fear; other regions, such as the brainstem, the insular cortex and the diencephalon, also play a role. “This research says panic, or intense fear, is induced somewhere outside of the amygdala,” explained the senior author of the study John Wemmie, who serves as an...

Potential Genetic Culprit For Melanoma Found By Researchers
2012-12-21 12:09:33

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers from the University of Colorado Cancer Center say that they have discovered a new, more targeted way of treating melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. The findings, described in a recent edition of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, describe how small pieces of genetic material known as MicroRNA can choose the genes in a DNA cell that are either expressed or kept silent. With melanoma in particular,...

Mammograms May Cause Overdiagnosis Of Breast Cancer
2012-11-23 05:29:06

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that looked at three decades of mammogram screenings finds that as much as a third of cancer diagnosed by routine mammograms may not be life-threatening. The study was conducted by Dr. H. Gilbert Welch, a researcher at the Dartmouth Medical School, along with Dr. Archie Bleyer, a researcher at St. Charles Health System and Oregon Health & Science University. In the...

2012-10-04 09:39:28

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers from the American Academy of Neurology recently found that a mother´s high blood pressure during pregnancy could impact a child´s cognitive skills long into adulthood. The findings of the study were recently published in the online version of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. "High blood pressure and related conditions such as preeclampsia complicate about 10 percent of...

Zinc Deficiency Can Lead To Cancer, Diabetes, Other Diseases
2012-10-03 13:12:42

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers from Oregon State University (OSU) recently found that a zinc deficiency mechanism is related to aging and a number of diseases. The study highlights how a lack of zinc can cause difficulties for the immune system as well as heightened inflammation, thus leading to other health problems like autoimmune disease, cancer, diabetes and heart disease. “Some inflammation is normal, a part of immune defense, wound...

Menopause Evolved To Limit Competition Between Mother & Daughter-In-Law
2012-08-23 12:33:07

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A new study by investigators from the University of Turku in Finland, the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, University of Sheffield in United Kingdom, and Stanford University finds that menopause evolved as a way to limit competition between a mother-in-law and her new daughter-in-law. Women normally experience menopause around 45 to 55 years of age and researchers have yet to understand its purpose. With a review of...

Cancer Patient Saved With Pluristem PLX Cells
2012-08-09 09:30:16

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Dressed in a white coat, a physician wrapped a piece of gauze around the arm of a female wearing a black shirt. The female was tense and anxious, sitting patiently as vials were attached to her arm. These actions could possibly decide the next step of her treatment. This is a typical scene at Pluristem Therapeutics, an Israeli-based company that focuses on placenta-based cell therapies. Pluristem Therapeutics developed this...

Body Piercings: NY Teens Must Now Have Parental Consent
2012-08-01 08:54:59

[ Watch the Video: "Body Piercing Regrets" ] Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Teenagers in New York looking to express themselves with body piercings should look for a different method. A new law surrounding body piercing was recently passed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The New York Daily News recently reported that teens under 18 in New York will need permission from their parents´ to pierce body parts other than their ears. In regards to...

Pluristem Focuses On Therapeutic Cells Delivered Intramuscularly
2012-07-21 06:21:48

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online 20,000,000. This is the number of peripheral artery disease patients Pluristem Therapeutics, a placenta-based cell therapy company, is working to assist. The company recently released information regarding the effectiveness of cell therapy with intramuscular delivery. To begin, Pluristem uses stem cells from the human placenta and has created a manufacturing process that produces enough cells to treat 10,000 patients from one...

menopause, hot flashes, exercise
2012-06-28 11:27:34

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Increased energy and a fit body are just a few of the benefits of exercising. Scientists identified another advantage of working out for women. Researchers recently discovered that, for menopausal women who exercise, they experience fewer hot flashes in the 24 hours after physical activity. Steriani Elavsky, an assistant professor of kinesiology at Penn State, and colleagues conducted the study. The findings showed that women...

Word of the Day
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.